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Aug 17th 2012 at 5:38 AM
Album: This is Our Time
Description: Radio Drive is a blend of alternative, pop rock music with a positive edge.
Kevin Gullickson started his work in the independent music industry with his first release of a 4-song EP which received radio play in his hometown of Rochester, MN. Shortly after, he followed up with a sin-gle which received radio play in the Minneapolis/St Paul area.
Kevin traveled throughout Europe to develop his own sound and style which he later developed with a band The Blokes, which was an instant success in the Minneapolis/St Paul club scene including First Avenue. Kevin later moved to New York City where he continued writing, recording and playing the clubs as a solo musician. During the course of these years, Kevin had been contacted by 5 major record companies and 3 Grammy Award winning producers, expressing interest in his music.
In 2009 Kevin released RADIO DRIVE "Dream the Impossible". Songs from "Dream the Impossible" have been aired on college radio stations around the country and online stations around the world. In November of the same year, Kevin responded to a national song search for Sudan Hope, a humanitarian effort to help the people of Sudan. His song "One Life to Give" was chosen and he appeared at a Holly-wood fundraising event to sing this song live.
In 2010 Kevin released his second CD "Life Today" featuring 10 original songs. As with his first CD, Kevin plays all the instruments on this re-cording. Already in the first few weeks songs were played at online stations around the country making top 40 charts and featured artist spot.
“Life Today” received a 5/5 Star review with Muzik Reviews – “There's no denying that an album is successful when almost every song makes you literally dance ridiculously around your house. Life Today, the newest release by Radio Drive, made me do just that, while clearly reaching me with its message to enjoy life.”
June of 2011 Kevin finished his third CD “I Can See The World From Here”. Kevin worked with Gene Paul (Grammy Award winning son of legendary Les Paul) and his team at G&J Audio to mix and master the CD. Already the CD is being enthusiastically received with great reviews including a 5/5 star review from Muzik Reviews and online and indie radio play in the US, Canada and Europe.
Muzik Reviews 5/5 Star Review -quote “I Can See the World From Here is Radio Drive’s third album to date released in June 2011. Full to the brim with nine original tracks, this album is a winner.”
CrossRhythms, UK gave “I Can See The World From Here” 7/10 – “He moulds memorable melodies throughout the many-faceted terrain”.
March 2012 Kevin finished his fourth CD “This is Our Time” also mixed and mastered by Gene Paul and the team at G&J Audio.
Biography Dated: March 2012
Press Release: NOVEMBER 2010
RADIO DRIVE "LIFE TODAY" 5/5 Star Review - Muzik Reviews
There's no denying that an album is successful when almost every song makes you literally dance ridiculously around your house. Life Today, the newest release by Radio Drive, made me do just that, while clearly reaching me with its message to enjoy life.
“Let's Get Started” in particular made me dance for its entirety, and the lyrics touched me, too: “let's get started/time to rock and shake and move/time to get into the groove”. But it's not the only song on Life Today with that perspective; the album has a pretty clear message that life should be enjoyed as a positive thing. On the title track the man behind the music and words, Kevin Gullickson, sings, “There has to be a better way/I will enjoy life today/nothing will take that away”.
The music is just as positive as the lyrics, but none of it comes across as sugary pop. It's intricate guitar work and upbeat drums that make the songs snap and sing all on their own. Gullickson is a talented writer and composer, and it's obvious in each and every song.
Life Today is an album that will make you appreciate your day, no matter how bad it's going, without making you want to roll your eyes or feel like you need to hug a rainbow. It's exactly what I hope Gullickson intended. Key Tracks: Life Today, Let's Get Started, Rising High, When Hearts Grow Cold
Abbey K. Davis – Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
November 30, 2010
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RADIO DRIVE – I CAN SEE THE WORLD FROM HERE
5/5 Star Review
Radio Drive is the hot alternative pop rock band with international acclaim. The magic behind the scenes all centers on Kevin Gullickson, song writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. I Can See the World From Here is Radio Drive’s third album to date released in June 2011. Full to the brim with nine original tracks, this album is a winner. Gullickson performed every instrument on the album and worked with Gene Paul (Grammy Award winning son of Les Paul) and his team at G&J Audio to mix and Remaster the CD.
“Run” rockets out of the park with a synthesized kick and attacks you with guitars that scream and thrash you into a listening frenzy. The first thing I thought when I heard the first sequence was this would be a great backdrop to a movie like Zombieland. A big grin plastered on my face, I cranked up the volume and let the supremely talented Gullickson lead me where ever he was going. “Run when you’re tired. Run when your strength’s expired.” The balance of synthesized sound, guitar and energy filled vocals makes you want to move, zombies or not. This has to be my favorite song on the album.
“Footsteps” is more pensive, with more a drum presence at the onset of the song. The vocals are very Beatles and the song is very elegant in harmonic quality. The guitar is smooth and Gullickson has composed some creative and compelling melodies that kept me riveted the whole way through. The lyrics are centered on a young man going to see a girl after a late night phone call. “You’ll hear the sound of my footsteps and know that I am there. You’ll hear the sound of my footsteps and know that I still care.” The blend of vocals and Gullickson’s guitar playing, drums and all of the other pieces of the song fit together perfectly. This is one of those songs you will be humming under your breath after you hear it.
“Northern Heights” has a lighter, almost fluttery feel at first. There is an edgy quality that builds until Gullickson explodes with the song and guitar. “I can see. I can see the world from here.” Clearly the song behind the title of the CD, this track has some cool riffs and the tension at times is almost unbearable. Smooth as silk and sharp as a razor, Gullickson’s vocals are subtle, yet intense and the song continues you on a winding path through the rest of the album. From a song about creationism, love and finally the last track, “Day and Night” which is purely instrumental.
If you have any leanings toward The Beatles, U2, Switchfoot or Coldplay, you will love this album. You know it’s good when the second it starts to play you get goose bumps down your arms and you just want to dance. It has a pop feel, but enough of an alternative style that it doesn’t come across like most pop albums you will find out there. Gullickson’s work with harmonies and the time spent in the studio mixing and intensifying this album really shows. The combination of Gene Paul and his group and Gullickson’s talent are electrifying. Each track brings a new experience that will have you looking for more songs to download. Radio Drive is a band to watch.
Key Tracks- Run, Footsteps, Northern Heights
Dana Wright-Muzikreviews.com Staff
September 5, 2011
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RADIO DRIVE "I CAN SEE THE WORLD FROM HERE" 7/10 Star Review CROSS RHYTHMS, UK
Radio Drive is the recording persona of Minnesota-based eclectic pop rock singer Kevin Gullickson. He clearly likes to play around and this set wanders about the various peaks and troughs of pop topography and helps itself to what it likes. From arena rock to '60s summer anthems (the catchy "Footsteps"), Gullickson can't keep his artistic vision still. He moulds memorable melodies throughout the many-faceted terrain, a shining example being the chorus of the bass-driven "I Won't Let Go". He's also up for a little controversy, as shown in the explicitly anti-evolution "Created," which is sure to divide listeners. As a singer he's competent but not outstanding, but the album isn't riding purely on vocals. With the infamous "third album" behind him, Kevin can continue to push forward with confidence.
Reviewed by Martin I Smith
Cross Rhythms, UK
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